Student Affairs Assessment Institute
Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 - 08:00 to Friday, 12 July, 2019 - 14:00


10–12 July 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ACPA's Student Affairs Assessment Institute, sponsored by the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation, provides a guided, curricular experience where participants can develop essential assessment knowledge and skills for their professional toolkit. This year, we are pleased to partner with CACUSS, the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. This Signature Institute provides a guided, curricular experience where participants can develop essential assessment knowledge and skills for their professional toolkit. The Student Affairs Assessment Institute provides a balance of instruction and hands-on experience designed to ensure attendees leave with the assessment skills and knowledge necessary to develop and execute quality assessment plans on their campuses. 

The Student Affairs Assessment Institute is proud to offer two developmental tracks focused on meeting attendees' needs:


Program and Service Assessment: Primarily designed to meet the needs of professionals who are charged with overseeing the development, implementation, and assessment of programs, services, and initiatives. Participants will walk away with a start-to-finish assessment plan designed to measure and use the results of student learning and programmatic outcomes.

Assessment Coordination in a Division or Department: Professionals who have responsibilities that include managing a variety of large-scale assessment projects and leading assessment at a department or divisional level will be best suited within the Assessment Coordination track. Participants will walk away with new knowledge and skills for developing a comprehensive department or divisional assessment plan that will be implemented at their institution.

Pre-Institute Sessions

  • Assessment 101: Introduction to assessment in student affairs that will prepare you to actively engage in the institute.
  • Program Review (CAS): Understand key concepts and the process required to successfully conduct a Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) program review.
  • Curriculum Assessmen: A primer to assess curriculum-driven student experiences from department-level to program efforts.

Whether you are brand new to assessment, taking on new responsibilities in your individual unit, or charged with developing a division-wide plan for assessment, the ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute is the answer for your professional development needs! The Institute is focused on providing developmental assessment knowledge and may not be the best professional development opportunity for more advanced practitioners. If you are unsure whether or not the Institute may be right for you or have general questions, please contact Tricia Fechter Gates.


Tuesday, 9 July

  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm: Pre-Institute Sessions

Wednesday, 10 July

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:30am: Welcome
  • 8:45am: Opening Keynote
  • 9:30am: Goal Setting
  • 10:15am: Track Session
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Relational Data Collection: Choosing a Method
  • 2:00pm: CYOA Sessions: Data Collection
  • 3:15pm: CYOA Sessions: Data Collection
  • 4:30pm: Peer Group Discussion
  • 5:30pm: Dinner

Thursday, 11 July

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:30am: Morning Plenary
  • 9:30am: CYOA Sessions: Data Analysis
  • 10:45am: CYOA Sessions: Data Analysis
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Peer Group Discussion
  • 2:15pm: Storytelling and Change Management
  • 3:30pm: Track Session

Friday, 12 July

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:00am: Data Visualization and Design Principles
  • 10:15am: Next Steps and Action Planning
  • 12:15pm: Closing Keynote


more information coming soon!